Shelters in Lost Angeles are facing a huge problem, and animals are going to die for it.
Owing to three separate hoarding cases that were uncovered around the same time, many of the city’s shelters have become overcrowded, and current residents could soon be euthanized to make room for more.
“We see this very often,” LA Animal Services spokeswoman Ashley Rodriguez told NBC. “But usually cases are more spread out — not within the same week.”
Almost 100 animals have been rescued from three different locations, filling all but six of the available Los Angeles shelters to capacity, NBC reports. Some of the shelters are still caring for a glut of bunnies that were seized from a home in March.
“As they were heading back to the shelter, some rabbits were giving birth in the truck,” Rodriguez said. “All six shelters helped out and took some in.”
Now, many of the animals are marked for early euthanization, unless they can be adopted out.
“Just because they are on the list doesn’t mean that they will be euthanized,” Rodriguez said. “We do our best to find a home, however, it is ultimately up to the adopters to get these animals out of the shelter.”
A number of criminal charges could face those found guilty of animal cruelty and neglect in the hoarding cases, but that’s not going to help the animas already on the “red list.”
Summer months are already harder on shelters as they follow the breeding season. With so many animals to care for, Los Angeles Animal Services is trying to make it as easy as possible for potential pet parents to help out.
All of the animals have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered and will be microchipped before they are given to new owners, the Daily News reports. Adoption fees have also been reduced to $20 per dog license for Los Angeles residents.
Those who can’t adopt are urged to consider becoming forster parents.
“Being in a foster home allows them to de-stress,” Royce Chang of Angel City Pit Bulls told NBC. “Cortisol levels go down and you get to see who they really are.”
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